Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other.
As one DC educator shared, “One of my favorite parts is that Restorative Practices is so user-friendly. There is such a push on the academic piece nowadays and there is a disconnect between the educator and the youth. It is a problem that exists in so many of our schools. RP closes the distance between our educators, adults, and kids. This helps us keep connected as they are getting older. It’s a great tool. Not just reactive, but to build community.”
OSSE, is partnering with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to offer monthly trainings on Restorative Justice. In addition, a Community of Practice is held every second Tuesday of the month where participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional learning.
Restorative Justice Professional Development
To view the full schedule of Restorative Justice professional development training opportunities for the 2018-19 school year, please see the attached flyer. To view upcoming training opportunities that are now open for registration, please see the training descriptions below.
Restorative Practices for Younger Learners & Drama and Games for Social Emotional Learning
OSSE invites teachers, administrators and school staff to register for one or both parts of this one-day, two-part workshop. The morning will be most relevant for those working with children in grades K-8. The afternoon will be a drama and games workshop for social-emotional learning for all ages.
Morning session: In order for restorative practices to be effective for young learners, restorative practitioners must consider the developmental range of children in grades K-8, and must accommodate a young learner's attention span, energy level, learning style, and expressive and receptive language capacity. This experiential workshop for teachers, administrators, school staff, and early education workers will translate restorative practices to the primary school classroom by adapting proactive and responsive approaches to the developmental stages of K-8 students.
Afternoon session: Social and emotional development through drama and games provides a living laboratory for your restorative circles that enables participants to practice engaging in creative ways to build community, approach problems, express feelings and clarify values. It mirrors relevant social and personal issues that young people face on a day-to-day basis and explores various ways to achieving positive lifestyle changes. Through dramatic engagers, participants are provided the opportunity for creative awareness-building and social and emotional skills development. In turn, they learn to make wiser decisions as well as the changes necessary to lead healthy and productive lives.
The training will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at the Charles Sumner School, 1201 17th St. NW, Room 101. The morning session will take place 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. [Register] The afternoon session will be 1-4:30 p.m. [Register]
Restorative Justice Monthly Community of Practice
During the 2018-19 school year, OSSE will partner with Restorative DC, a project of SchoolTalk Inc., to convene a monthly Community of Practice (CoP). This CoP will discuss the implementation of Restorative Justice practices in District of Columbia schools, focusing on a particular topic each month. These practices center on building a safe and effective learning environment through positive relationships, connection, and accountability. Participants will have opportunities to engage with other educators for peer support and professional development, while experiencing how circles can be used to build community and resolve issues collectively.
The CoP is held on the second Tuesday of each month, from 9-11:30 a.m., and is open to LEAs that are currently implementing Restorative Justice practices or are interested in learning more about it. Regular attendance by at least one representative from each LEA is encouraged. The location rotates each month to a different school campus or library. Please view all dates, times, topics, and locations below.
For questions, please contact Jessica Dulay at [email protected].
2018-19 Restorative Justice CoP Schedule and Topics [Register]
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Building Community
Location: OSSE, 1050 First St. NE, Room 108
Description: Restorative Justice is a culture and set of practices that engage a community in building relationships and repairing harm through mutual, inclusive dialogue, understanding, and cooperation. A whole-school approach to Restorative Justice is more than a set of interventions aimed at students, but rather a way of being that touches all members of the school community and their relationships with each other. During this CoP session, we will be creating a dynamic space for representatives of schools and agencies, seasoned practitioners, and advocates to share experiences and lessons learned, address important questions and concerns, and develop tangible next steps for building strong school communities right from the beginning of the year.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Meeting the Social, Cultural, and Linguistic Needs of Our School
Location: Next Step Public Charter School, 3047 15th St. NW
Description: To be effective, Restorative Practices must be adapted to meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of those involved. In this Community of Practice session, we open up a sharing space to deepen our awareness of the diversity of experiences and identities in our school and neighborhood communities. We will explore how to be more inclusive in our work and call forth the potential growth that comes with honoring and connecting across our differences.
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Restorative Communication for School Staff
Location: Center City Public Charter School-Trinidad Campus, 1217 West Virginia Ave. NE
Description: How Restorative Practices create spaces that tap into humans' empathic impulse to connect and be in the right relationship with one another. We will also support an exploration of what empathy means and an exchange of our experiences in bringing it into our daily conversations, especially those difficult interactions that flow from conflict or discipline issues.
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Creating a Positive School Culture
Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus, 3101 16th St. NW
Description: In this CoP session, the topic will focus on creating a positive school culture. The culture and climate of a school is that quality of a school environment that describes our overall experience as students, staff, and families. It emerges from the relationships, interactions, language, infrastructure, traditions, symbols, and norms of a school. Intentionally creating a school climate and culture where everyone has a strong sense that they matter, belong, and are safe is an important aspect of a whole-school Restorative Justice approach.
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Building Support with Parents and Staff
Location: Walker-Jones Education Campus, 1125 New Jersey Ave. NW
Description: The January CoP will focus on building support with parents and staff. Whole school restorative change is about mobilizing the entire school in building community. In this CoP, we will learn from each other's experiences introducing restorative culture change and responding to resistance to it in a way that is aligned with restorative principles and encourages genuine ownership by the school community.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Trauma Awareness, Mindfulness, and Self-Care
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Promoting Youth Leadership
Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Special Education and Restorative Justice Practices
Tuesday, May 14, 2019, 9-11:30 a.m.
Topic: Letting Go and Celebrating